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Sarah-Jylkka
Lindsay Genadek

SARAH JYLKKA

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DASC Symphony Founder & Executive Director

 

Willow Orchestra Director 

Sarah Jylkka is a Denver-based professional violinist and violist with over 15 years of experience. She has directed orchestras at El Sistema Colorado, coached for various student festivals in the Denver metro area, and served as an orchestra director for Mapleton Public Schools in Thornton, CO from 2017-2021. She is active in the Colorado orchestra scene as an instrumental coach, performer, private teacher, and orchestra clinician. 

Sarah holds both a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN as well as an active Colorado State Teacher's License endorsed in K-12 instrumental music. Sarah was the 2016 recipient of the DePauw University Music Citizen award granted to a student with outstanding service to the community through music as well as the 2o16 recipient of the Leah Curnutt Prize granted to an outstanding senior Music Education major. Sarah has been featured in Life on Capitol Hill and VoyageDenver.

 

Notably, Sarah has performed with members of Elephant Revival, LVDY, The Blind Cafe Orchestra, Su Teatro, Nordic Daughter, Suhl Ensemble, the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Stratus Chamber Orchestra, recorded SFX for Mt. Mograph, and has designed sound for both The Pandemic Collective and Bewilderment Theater Company. Sarah has studied under Ericka Dicker, Dan Rizner, Tarn Travers, and Julia Taylor.

Sarah currently runs a home studio as well as teaching violin remotely through Trala Violin. You can see Sarah perform on violin around Colorado and the US with the Viking rock band, Nordic Daughter.

LINDSAY GENADEK

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DASC Symphony Assistant Director

 

Non-performance Ensemble Director 

Willow Assistant Director 

Viola Coach

Lindsay teaches private violin and viola lessons from her home studio in Denver, Colorado and is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for Augustana Arts. She is currently President-Elect for Colorado American String Teachers Association. Prior to these positions, she taught orchestra at the public school level, most recently as an elementary and middle school orchestra director at Westminster Public Schools. Prior to this position, she served as the Head Orchestra Director at Mapleton Public Schools and taught at El Sistema Colorado as the String Teaching Artist.   
 
Lindsay is very active in the music education community. She is currently the Outreach and Education Coordinator for Augustana Arts – City Strings helping bring music education to underserved communities and is on the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Private Studio Committee,
served as a mentor for the ASTA New Teacher Mentor Program and has served as the Secretary of the Colorado American String Teachers Association. She is a published author in the ASTA Journal and has presented sessions at the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference as well as the Colorado American String Teachers Association Summer Conference.
 
She was the recipient of the Mapleton Public School’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2015 and was given the Colorado American String Teachers Association’s Exemplary Middle School and Junior High School Teacher Award in 2012. 

Lindsay can be seen performing on her viola throughout Colorado in a variety of capacities. Most recently, Lindsay performed with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra as principal viola, the Denver Philharmonic where she played both section violist and principal violist, Stratus Chamber Orchestra Arapahoe Philharmonic, Evergreen Chamber Orchestra and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

LEE ANDERSON

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Rosewood Director 

Lee Anderson is the Director of Orchestras at Fairview High School and Southern Hills Middle School in Boulder, CO. Since arriving at Fairview in 2021, his orchestras at every level have achieved success on the state and national stage. Under his baton, the Fairview Chamber Orchestra won 3rd Prize at the 2024 ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. He also conducted the Fairview Chamber Orchestra at the 2023 Colorado Music Educator Association conference, and all his orchestras have received Superior ratings at CASTA Regional and State Festivals. He takes great pride in programming diverse literature for his ensembles from underrepresented and living composers.

 

 

In addition to teaching, Lee keeps an active performing schedule as a professional violist. He performs regularly in the viola section of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and as Principal Viola of the Boulder Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as a substitute violist for the Louisville Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera.

 

 

Lee received a Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance, and Master of Music in Viola Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where his principal instructors were Stephen Wyrczynski, Ed Gazouleas, and Brenda Brenner. When not in the orchestra classroom or on the performance stage, he enjoys hiking, crossword puzzles, and spending time with his wife Aspen, their dog Max, and their cat, Clara.

OLASUYI IGE

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Violin Coach

Olasuyi Ige is a violinist and an inspiring educator who received his Bachelor’s
in Violin Performance from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music
(Manga Cum Laude). He is currently pursuing his Masters in violin performance and composition at the Lamont School of Music under the instruction of Igor Pikayzen and Sean Friar.


As a violinist, Olasuyi has performed many works by Beethoven, Brahms,
William Grant Still, Mozart, and Wieniawski. Venues that Olasuyi has performed in include Dazzle Jazz Club, Gates Concert Hall, and Hamilton Recital Hall. Olasuyi enjoys working with the nonprofit organization called El Sistema Colorado that provides group and private music lessons to underrepresented youth in the Denver area. Teaching is one of Olasuyi’s passions and he enjoys seeing previous and current students share their love for music and learning.

Over the years he has been to many music festivals such as Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) in Powell River, Canada, Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, and Sphinx Summer Academy in Chicago, Illinois.


When he is not performing or teaching Olasuyi likes to write and arrange
chamber music for both chamber groups and larger ensembles.

LAENA BATCHELDER

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Violin Coach

Laena Grace Batchelder is a violinist, musician, and social justice advocate. Following her mission to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music, she has programmed works by female, minority, contemporary, and non-traditional composers in her recitals including her honors project recital, Women of American Chamber Music. She believes in combining classical and popular music to appeal to wider audiences which she has implemented in recitals and YouTube videos. Laena also aims to apply these ideals to her teaching in her private studio. She learned violin from age six with the Suzuki Method, so that philosophy and repertoire are very present in her teaching. She has also been trained in teaching the method through Book 2. However, she incorporates many other methods and has assigned pieces from Music by Black Composers and the Barbara Barber method books as well as arrangements of popular songs.

Laena graduated with a Master of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) studying with Charles Wetherbee. Her studies there focused on chamber music, string pedagogy, and expanding her own technique and repertoire. Previously, she graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance (summa cum laude). She studied with Elisabeth Adkins at TCU and with Martha Walvoord during her high school years. She has attended summer festivals such as Wintergreen, the Texas Music Festival, the TCU Quartet Intensive, and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. She is also a section violinist with the Boulder Symphony and the Arapahoe Philharmonic.

​In addition to music, Laena enjoys reading, knitting, swing dancing, progressive politics, and hanging out with her friends.

LAUREN STRACHAN

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Viola Coach

A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Lauren Strachan currently performs in the viola section of the Longmont Symphony and spends her summers playing in the Endless Mountain Music Festival in Corning, New York.

 

Before moving to Colorado, she spent seven years in the greater Pittsburgh area as a
member of the Altoona Symphony and the Johnstown Symphony She also performed in chamber ensembles and premiered works of new music, operatic and otherwise. Lauren completed her undergraduate studies at West Virginia University, during which time she spent two summers at the Brevard Music Center festival in North Carolina in the studio of Maggie Snyder.

 

She went on to receive a Masters in Performance from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the studio of Marylène Gingras-Roy.

ADAM RIGGS

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Cello Coach

Noted for his passionate and expressive playing, Dr. Adam Riggs is an avid chamber musician, teacher, and performer.  He has performed at music festivals across Canada, the United States, Italy, and the Czech Republic.  In addition to being the principal cellist of Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Adam regularly performs as a sub with the Boulder Philharmonic, the Colorado Ballet, as well as with Colorado-based dance company, Life/Art Dance Ensemble.  He has been heard on CPR radio and was a guest soloist for the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School's 35th Anniversary concert at the Chicago Symphony Center.  He has released two recordings including Jean Daniel Braun’s 5 Suites for Cello and “Pas de Cello” multitrack cello music for Ballet Classes. Additionally, he is featured in the soon-to-be-released JRPG video game, Shunjnkov, playing the music of Brian LaGuardia, which will be released for PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch in 2024. Adam is also Chair of Board, director and founder of the Colorado Cello Summit, an 501(c)3 organization dedicated to strengthening and connecting Colorado’s cello community. In addition to his classical music endeavors, Adam enjoys playing rock music and was cellist with new Indie band Saint Somebody, with whom he co-wrote, performed and helped produce a single in collaboration with Life/Art Dance Ensemble.

 

An avid teacher, Adam completed his Suzuki Teacher Training in 2016 with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver and Rick Mooney at the Greater Austin Suzuki Institute.  He currently teaches at Silver Strings Academy in Westminster.  Previously, he has taught for the Continuing Education Department at the University of Colorado, at Parlando School of Musical Arts, and coached chamber music and taught cello at several summer music camps/festivals including the University of Colorado’s Summer Music Academy program. Adam was active on the Board of the Suzuki Association of Colorado for 4 years serving as Treasurer, Scholarship Committee Chair and Webmaster

Adam began his cello studies at the age of four, and soon became a regular award winner at local and provincial competitions. He competed at the national level during his high school years before continuing his musical studies at University.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Honours Performance Degree and a Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario), a Master of Music Performance degree from The Hartt School (Connecticut), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Colorado Boulder.  His principal teachers include Sally Gross, Paul Pulford, Simon Fryer, Mihai Tetel and Judith Glyde.  He has also studied with András Fejér, Thomas Heinrich, Aldo Parisot and Shauna Rolston. Adam has also performed and worked with members of the Takacs, St. Lawrence, Emerson, Juilliard, Tokyo, and Penderecki String Quartets. 

In addition to his musical endeavors, Adam is owner and photographer at AR Pictures. To see his work, visit: www.adamriggspictures.com

JAKE THURSTON

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Double Bass Coach

Originally from Buffalo NY, Jake Thurston earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music education from Buffalo State College and his Master’s Degree in Double Bass performance from the Fredonia School of music in Fredonia NY.


Jake Currently holds positions with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra and the Arapahoe Philharmonic and regularly subs with many orchestras in the area, including the Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. He previously was a member of the Buffalo Civic Orchestra, Four Centuries Chamber Orchestra and the Warren Philharmonic and subbed regularly with the Western NY Chamber Orchestra.
 

Jake holds teaching positions as the Double Bass Instructor at Denver School of the Arts and Double Bass Studio TA at CU Boulder School of Music as well as maintaining a private double
bass studio.

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